Leadership Development Redefined for the 21st Century

Depending on the decade, there seems to be widely divergent definitions of leadership development.  Based on the research and my experience in what works in this new millennium, I define Leadership Development as a deliberate and systematic process to:
  • Identify critical leadership competencies,
  • Identify pools of high-potential candidates at all levels of the organization,
  • Accelerate the development of mission-critical leadership competencies through intentional development, and,
  • Regularly measure progress.
This definition is very close to my definition of succession management.  That’s no coincidence. I view them as strongly linked talent management processes.  (Go here for more information on building a robust Succession Management Process.) Want to read more?  Here’s a free whitepaper that further describes the components of 21st Century Leadership Development

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